The existence of botanical doppelgängers was raised by readers of my recent blog post on Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum.' I posted a picture of this:
|Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum' in my back garden|
And a few people commented that they initially mistook it as variegated Euphorbia like this:
|Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' in a pot on my back patio|
The foliage form and coloration is similar. Clearly, these are the elements that drew me to both plants.
I started to wonder if I had other doppelgängers in my garden. Discounting plants in the same genus, the only other pair that came remotely close were Arthropodium cirratum and Beschorneria yuccoides. The former is also known as Renga Lily while the latter is commonly known as Mexican Lily. My Beschorneria is still a relatively young plant but the similarities are more apparent when the Arthropodium is compared to a more mature Beschorneria.
|Mature Arthropodium cirratum in the border on the southeast side border|
|Relatively new Beschorneria yuccoides in the dry garden|
|Wikipedia's image of mature Beschorneria yuccoides|
Do you have any doppelgängers lurking in your garden?